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Cedar Falls Park — Fountain Inn, South Carolina

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The southern section of Greenville County‘s Reedy River is home to Fountain Inn‘s newest park, Cedar Falls. Remains of an early nineteenth-century mill, later a power plant, can be seen along the banks.

Cedar Falls Reedy River

Tom Taylor of Greenville © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

When European settlers reached the South Carolina foothills, they quickly made use of the rivers and streams that run through the hickory forests and canebrakes. Settler and early industrialist Hudson Berry found the rushing waters here to be the perfect spot to build a dam that would power his saw mill, grist mill, textile mill, and cotton gin.

Cedar Falls Park Greenvile

Tom Taylor of Greenville, 2011 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

By the early twentieth century the dam was used to generate electricity, and in 1910 a larger dam was built that would power the Fork Shoals Mill, a medical clinic, and the private home of a local doctor named Ross. The power station remained active until 1950, when it was torn down. Like many businesses, Fork Shoal Mill eventually contracted with Duke Power for its power source, and many small competitors could not keep up.

Cedar Falls Dam

Tom Taylor of Greenville, 2011 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Today the Greenville County Recreation Department has made use of this greenspace by creating a 90-acre park along the river. Visitors can enjoy walking trails, sand volleyball, picnic shelters, and a playground. However, nothing competes with the natural beauty of the river.

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Cedar Falls Greenville County

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Cedar Falls Park Dam

Tom Taylor of Greenville, 2011 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Cedar Falls River

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Cedar Falls Power Plant

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Cedar Falls Park Aerial

Christopher Soniak of Piedmont, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Cedar Falls Park Info

Address: 201 Cedar Falls Road, Fountain Inn, SC 29644
GPS Coordinates: 34.615887,-82.301218

Cedar Falls Park Map

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6 Comments about Cedar Falls Park

Dena Bailey says:
August 6th, 2016 at 10:30 pm

This is a nice place, but it should be noted that it is actually in historical Fork Shoals. We are a historical community in our own right.

KimberlyNo Gravatar says:
October 5th, 2015 at 6:18 pm

This place is Absolutely beautiful! We are getting Married there 10/24/2015, I cant wait!!!

Tess Bartlett says:
April 22nd, 2015 at 10:16 pm

Absolutely gorgeous! These pics make me want to go there. I have no doubt I couldn't walk that far but I could TRY!

JOJO KINGNo Gravatar says:
March 30th, 2015 at 1:16 pm

My husband, daughter, and I went Sunday. We didn’t know about it. It was absolutely beautiful. We are going back for a picnic in a couple of weeks. A great, quite place to go with family.

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
October 15th, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Congratulations, and best wishes from SCIWAY!

Getting MarriedNo Gravatar says:
October 15th, 2014 at 2:39 pm

We are getting married there on 10/18/14. The colors are early this year. Weather should be awesome!!!


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